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Help me spend $50 on wine at Trader Joe's! [moved from SF Bay board]

Hapa Dude Aug 21, 2006 12:16 AM

Hey everyone, I got a $50 gift card to Trader Joe's for my birthday, and instead of just using it to buy groceries that I would normally buy, I figured I could buy some nice wines there.

I went to TJ's near Saratoga/Westgate today and here is what I found. Please comment if you have tried any of these wines. I am also open to others, as long as they are available at TJ's. Thanks for your help!!

Cabernet Sauvignons:
-2000 Saddleback Cellars, $30
-2000 Rodney Strong Reserve, $30
-2003 Stags Leap Napa Valley, $43
-2000 Tistraya Napa Valley, $28
-2003 Roth, Alexander Valley, $30
-2004 Crane Family Napa Valley, Don Rafaele Estate, $24

-2004 Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel, Redwood Valley, Annette's Reserve, $33
-2003 Ridge Winery Merlot, SC Mtns $25
-2002 BV Reserve Tapestry Red, $35
-2000 Crichton Hall Reflexion (Bordeaux style), Napa, $30

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    MRMoggie Aug 24, 2006 07:58 PM

    I'm also one who checks TJ's for bargains and they have Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut for $12.99 (it's $18.99 at Safeway) which is an excellent California sparkling wine. Also, Ruffino 2004 Chianti at $6.99 (and 10 times better than 2 Buck Chuck)plus Marquis de Caceres 2005 Rioja Rosado and 2005 Rioja Bianco for $5.99, exceptional bargains. Also, they seem to have the best prices on Schramsberg. The Piper-Heidsieck Brut is excellent and an excellent buy.

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      Hapa Dude Aug 23, 2006 05:27 PM

      In the move to the Wine board, this thread seemed to have lost a couple informative posts! :(

      I take it that not too many people have tried these wines, and usually buy the cheaper wines at TJ's (myself included!).

      1. Pei Aug 21, 2006 11:08 PM

        Piper-Heidseick Brut Champagne (dry, not extra dry). $25, which is $7-10 cheaper than most places. Delicious!

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          Hapa Dude Aug 21, 2006 04:28 AM

          Griffen, thanks for your comment. I'd never seen cellartracker.com before but it is awesome! The Saddleback and Crichton do look good, and the rosenblum got a good review too. This will definitely be a tough decision! I will probably pick up 2 of the wines w/ the GC.

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            Lord Griffin Aug 21, 2006 01:41 AM

            i ran a few through cellartracker and it looks like the best bang for your buck in that selection is the saddleback. although personally i would go for the crichton.

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